Pure Hoppiness
Alpine Beer Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #52
Ranked #559
4.34 | pDev: 8.06%
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
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Notes: So mega-hopped it will take you to hop heaven. We’ve used hops in the boil, more hops in the giant hopback, and added to that, an incredible amount of dry-hopping for that cutting-edge “hop bite.” Once you’ve tasted this unique beer, all others pale in comparison. 1.072 OG Classified IBU
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4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a big, classic West Coast double IPA and it’s one of the best specimens of that species. Juicy, piney, and full bodied while achieving a dry finish.

Smells of huge hops but not one fruity flavor stands out. Usually doubles don’t have as much hop scent due to all the maltiness, but this thing is “mega” hopped—dry hopped big time I bet. I get sweet malty orange spicy hops. Wow.

On the tongue piney, orange zest hops and cracker bread and toasted malts. Finishes fairly dry despite the thick, wet feel it hits you with.

It’s big, it’s flavorful and it’s pretty amazing.

I loved this review by a real pro and amend mine with it:

By: Tracy Hensley lJudges Rating:

Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A consistent aroma blend of clean pine resin, pineapple syrup, freshly ripped mint and cracked black pepper lead the way in the front of the nose. From 8 inches away, Tahitian vanilla bean pods, baked whole wheat bread, low sulfur notes and white grape-like fruitiness also appear. The white head does not persist but does create a fine foam above a slightly hazy, golden appearance. Flavors start as intense dank pine extract and continues into the aftertaste where it is accompanied by sweetened white bread, which keeps the bitterness in check with a moderate, throat-coating alcoholic warmth. The second sip showcases tropical mango juice before pine again dominates as noticeable alcohol warmth and low motor oil elements come through. Full body and full fat creaminess coats the mouth, and the medium-high carbonation and moderate hop mouthfeel close out the finish while alcohol tingles on the lips.“

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AleManDan from California, Jun 15, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Original rating 2015-11-19] Bottle. Pours clear dark gold with a thin white head. Aroma is a little citrus, alcohol, grass, malt. Taste is super hoppy, resiny, bitter but with just enough malt to balance it out. Nice thick mouth feel.

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Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip. No freshness date.

L: Nearly clear light golden amber pour. Fluffy white head leaves solid lacing.

S: Pine and caramel malts. Sweet and hoppy.

T/F: Malts up front... caramel and toasted grains. Pine and citrus rind hop profile. A bit of spice. West Coast style... good bitterness for balance. Medium bodied... sticky on the tongue.

O: A decent West Coast DIPA... may not have been at its freshest, so could be even better right out of the gate. One I'd enjoy having again.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Aug 23, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not sure how fresh this is, as it was on the discount shelf. Pours a clear amber honey with a thick white head that recedes to a thin cap and leaves great lacing. Aroma is orange rind and pine. Flavor is sweet citrusy fruits followed by a bitter pine with some caramel malts in the mix. Feel is a bit heavy but overall a very nice brew. I'd like to try this fresh and/or on tap.

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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota, Jul 13, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a deep gold leaning toward orange rather than amber. Aroma hits you with exactly what the name told you to expect. Hops hops and more hops. Lota of pine and citrus scents with an inderlyings carmelly malt. The taste is very deep pine with orange rind bitterness. The hop lovers dream beer.

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4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is an off golden hue. A consistent aroma blend of clean pine resin, pineapple, and cracked black pepper. Bread notes and white grape-like fruitiness also appear. Flavors start as intense dank pine and continues into the aftertaste where it is accompanied by breadier ones, which keeps the bitterness in check with a moderate alcoholic warmth. Continued sips taste of tropical mango juice before more pine again. Medium bodied.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/2/18 - ....and yes it is - Pure Hoppiness. On tap at TRIA Taproom in Philly. Served in their standard talk stemmed teku glass. Pours a clear copper orange with slight white head that dissipates, yet returns with a quick swirl. Hoppy? Yes. Not overwhelming, though. Need a side-by-side with Hoppy Birthday to determine my favorite. May get a crowler for the road.

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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania, Apr 02, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft. Exactly what I think of when I think of a west coast IPA: clear, dark amber appearance. Pine, resin, earthy taste with a sticky full mouthfeel.

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eppie82 from Illinois, Mar 27, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes like liquid pine tree. Now, if you are not into those types of hop's then this is not the beer for you. However; if like me you enjoy the bitterness and pine forward, citrusy, lite sweetness as a mix up to the regular citrus forward IPA's then this is a VERY good representation of this style. This paired excellently with Skyline Cincinnati style chilli, hotdog, cheese slices and some mixed nuts while playing a card game.

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pirateclem from Indiana, Mar 14, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap.

As promised, lots of hops in aroma and taste. Great big citrus oil, pine resin, pithy rind flavors. Medium body with a strong bitterness. The bite is a little harsh compared to some modern IPAs, but this is classic west coast style.

Overall excellent! Glad that GF distributed it here (and I hear they will still be in CT after the recently announced reduction).

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mike22ne from Massachusetts, Feb 20, 2018
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4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice pour. A deep golden orange hue, bubble white foam and decent lace.

Great tropical nose, getting pineapple and mango. Super smooth, getting some finishing maltiness that strengthens as it warms.

Much more citrus in the flavors. Good hop/citrus balance, with notes of tangerine and grapefruit ringing true. Finishes bitter.

Good body. Slightly sticky, with low carb and a smooth finish.

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WickedBeer from Alabama, Feb 19, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Date code of '7287 2 1243'.
Deep gold colored body, mostly clear. Two finger white head settles to ring and islands. Good coverage of lacing.
All hops in the aroma: piney, dank, and citrus.
Mostly dank, piney, citrus hops in the taste. Some sweetness, malts finally appear. Good bitterness level throughout.
Medium mouth feel, coating with the hop domination. Not overly biting on the tongue, but dank feel is there.
A beer that displays its hop influx, an true example of a West Coast DIPA. We are told that all Alpine and Green Flash beers are being discontinued for Minnesota distribution. This is likely the last chance to try this beer bought locally.

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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glowing orange with solid white cap. 4.25
Deep, oily orange peel with a hint of dank. 4.25
Thread of toffee, then ringing candy-sweet orange, slight resin, grass, and flowers. Hints of pineapple and apricot as it opens. 4.5
Gentle but steady bitter pine needle linger.
Halfway to medium, oily, smooth. 4

Looks and smells serious, and man, does it follow up. It’s like a traditional C hop IPA that’s been distilled down to IPA essence: hugely intense oiliness, aroma, citrus punch, vibrancy… (Brewdog Hop Shot is the only thing similar that comes to mind.) The only things it wisely pulls punches on are bitterness - which is almost underpitched - and body, a staggeringly drinkable medium-rare.

Not a finely crafted intricate piece of jewelry like Pliny; rather, a single, shining gemstone of a DIPA. 4.5

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StJamesGate from New York, Jan 19, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm trying this at Pizza Parlor in the West Loop of Chicago. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had bitter citrus hints. The taste was bitter leaning and not for those that disdain grapfruit. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not to sound cliche, but this truly is a beer focused on pure hoppiness. It is a big DIPA, but minimal malt. Just enough to tie it all together. Hops take center stage and boy are they prominent. Piney, hoppy, floral, citrus, dank hops front and center. This is all about the hops. Malt takes a backseat to let the hops shine, which makes it fairly drinkable for a big DIPA like this. It feels lighter than the ABV would suggest, although, the minimal malt does let the alcohol heat poke through just a little.

Pretty good stuff and possibly one of the best DIPA'S I've had that showcases hops in all their glory, restraining the malt to make sure they come through uninterrupted.

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JLaw55 from Missouri, Jan 03, 2018
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic West Coast style IPA. Slightly sticky and syrupy, sweet, with some mild pine-y hop presence but only minimal bitterness.a s Pliny doesn't end up in the Midwest - I'd happily drink Pure Hoppiness any time. Honestly... I'd put it up against Pliny, confidently. It's a fantastic beer, and it should get more credit. Excellent IPA!

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Dec 27, 2017
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4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alpine and their hoppy beers. One of my favorite DIPAs.

The smell and aroma of the hops in this beer is just amazing. So much complexity and combinations of smells. If you like the hops, this is your beer. Bitter + fruity flowery aromas = pure happiness

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fearless2357 from California, Dec 23, 2017
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4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

After being on a stout/barleywine/porter kick for the last month, having had few thoughts of returning to hop bombs I found myself at a bar, with only one vaguely interesting sounding beer on tap, Alpine Pure Hoppiness. Drinking this beer was like coming home. I was back to my origins. This copper-orange brew serves up an incredible dose of floral, earthy hops. The nose, oh my god the nose, is incredibly complex. It's the closest you can get to sniffing Jerry Garcia's beard. Patchouli, orange peel, skunky weed, cardamom, caramel. On the tongue, the flavors develop in waves. First, you're hit with malty marzipan goodness, then comes the earthy notes and floral and citrus overtones, then a bitter hop slap which leaves behind by a lingering pineyness like a ringing in your ears.

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4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On Tap at Alpine Brewing (and bought 6 for transport home to Canada). Pours a clear golden-orange with one finger white head. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, somewhat sweet. Taste sweet grainy malt, pine, grapefruit, citrus rind with flood of hop bitterness that seems to linger forever (but remains very balanced). Hop avalanche - fantastic.

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TooManyGlasses from Alberta (Canada), Dec 17, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A clear pale orange brew with a smooth topping of tan froth.

Prolific herbal and oily hops to the nose with a hint of caramel and fruit.

Herbal, floral and bitter on the tongue followed by alcohol spice, tannin, sugar and a wave peach and pear.

Medium and smooth from start to finish.

Just about as perfect as it gets.

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stephens101 from Oklahoma, Dec 10, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale amber with an average head. The aroma features bright floral tones, pine, grapefruit peel, caramel, grass, onion, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. The flavor starts with bright, fresh pine and juniper, then burnt orange peel, pineapple, mango, cannabis, and a big sweet dollop of caramel, with healthy strong bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is very full with moderate fizzy carbonation and a touch of astringency. Overall this is a really nice beer - I see why it is so renown - the pronounced bitterness balanced with strong malt makes for a powerful beer maybe a touch too sweet for me.

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Czequershuus from Minnesota, Dec 06, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear gold with a white head. Smells of very strong weed, dankness, hops, and citrus. Tastes of weed, dankness, slightly bitter hops, caramel, malt, pine, and light citrus. Medium in both body and carbonation. Overall an incredible DIPA. This is one of the few IPAs I have ever tasted/smelled weed in, and it is very strong.

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andrewh995 from Arizona, Nov 29, 2017
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3.61/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, light orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, some fruits. Taste is pine, resin, malts are present, moderate bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good beer, but it didn't meet my expectations.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Jul 14, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a bronzed/burnt semi-dark caramel color with a one finger white dissipating semi-glossy and burnt out looking lacing roaming all around. The smell had the caramel malts up front with a burnt out grassy to citrusy and somewhat grassy hoppiness. The taste was definitely sweet through the maltiness. The hops want to show a nice bitterness, but there’s more malt and, well, I’d still say good for the most part. I’m not disappointed. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a decent sessionability to sipping quality. Overall, DIPA, well, it works if you like the maltier ones.

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3.43/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Could be an old bottle i think ... nice body no funky smells, not a lot of hops in the nose but some on the burp, nice bitterness. Feels like its not fresh though might have to have another try and re-rate ...

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Stockatron from Australia, May 25, 2017
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